This set up, which gave birth to Enoforum 15 years ago, places the event well in line with the European Commission, that in its recent documentation on funding opportunities in research, defines innovation as “ideas that are successfully placed into action”. Scientific intuition and laboratory research results are at the base of innovation, but this is only successful if the phase that consists in transferring new technologies into vineyard and winery practices is completed. An essential part of the process of innovation is, scaling up to an industrial level of production, extensive experiments in different conditions, an adequate resolution of any authorizations necessary and the communication of the acquired knowledge on a broad scale. Enoforum is an event that was specifically designed to show and give value to the application phase of research results which in turn leads to real innovation. 

The 9th edition of Enoforum, that was held at the Vicenza Fair Congress Center between the 5th and 7th of May 2015, was a European success as in the past editions in terms of quantity and more importantly in terms of quality.
 
In the three convention days there were 102 oral presentations, held in two conference halls; 70% of the presenters were from public research bodies; and 30% were research and development leaders from private businesses. Further technical and scientific information was available the the form of 40 posters and 5 guided tasting sessions. Overall, 49 public research centers presented their research results. Of these, 28 were Italian and these make up a major part of the wine industry researchers of Italy. 
 
Enoforum is therefore a unique opportunity for wine industryprofessionals to learn about many new technologies developed in the last years and in particular to learn about those that will soon be available for use in everyday tasks. 
Consequently, Enoforum is again this year the wine industry congress in Europe with the most participants: the 9th edition had over 1000 visitors, of which 60% were winemakers and agronomists. The location in Vicenza also saw the participation of more people from northeast Italy; a 40% increase; but also a significant percentage of people from the northwest, south and islands (15-18%). The amount of foreigners also increased to about 100. 
 
This Enoforum edition also proved to be a success in terms of participant satisfaction. Participants were offered the possibility to express their opinions on the oral presentation quality by filling out a questionnaire. Overall, the oenologists and agronomists gave an average score of 8/10, the highest so far for Enoforum. The presentations in the monothematic module, which foresaw the participation of both researchers and suppliers, as well as a more practical aspect, received in general the same appreciation as that expressed about the sessions dedicated to public research results. In fact, participants stated that at Enoforum 2015 there were some really new innovations presented and that the quantity was above their expectations. They also said that they learnt first hand about many research results that relate to technologies that have only recently be introduced on the practical level. 
 
The presentations presented at Enoforum were video recorded and there will be a section published with these videos on www.infowine.com in the next months.